Historic Saint Paul is engaged in efforts to identify, preserve, and...
The historic John Lewis House at 412 Goodrich Avenue is a one-story, wood-frame, Greek Revival-style, pre-Civil War structure built in 1856 – two years before Minnesota became a state. It is one of the oldest residences remaining in the city of Saint Paul.
This small (approximately 800 sf) house, vacant since the end of 2015, was threatened with imminent demolition in the summer of 2017 due to its poor condition and Saint Paul’s vacant building policies.
A group of preservation-minded neighbors involved in Little Bohemia Neighborhood Association (LBNA) intervened to save the 162-year-old dwelling. Historic Saint Paul (HSP) agreed to partner with them to find a way to rehabilitate it, the city temporarily delayed pending demolition orders, and the property owner donated the house to Historic Saint Paul last November.
Over the past year & 1/2 LBNA and HSP have been working on plans to rebuild the structure, including period-appropriate finishes and all new mechanical systems. A thorough investigation revealed the need for a new foundation and reconstruction of the rear addition. We have worked together to raise the funds required to cover the difference between the total cost of development and the expected sale price of the house. To date we have raised over $90,000 in financial and in-kind contributions.
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